From the Lady Warriors’ Class A runner-up squad, Alexis Carter decided to attend Western Carolina and Amber Brown will join her sister, Ebony Brown, at Norfolk State.
“Western Carolina had what I was looking for,” said Carter, the Class A Player of the Year. “The other schools had pieces but not everything.”
Carter, a 6-foot-1 center, was also considering Kennesaw State, Lander, Tennessee State and Albany State but Western Carolina added a player who averaged 14 points, 11 rebounds, and nearly four steals and four blocks a contest.
“I think Alexis is going to have an immediate impact because she finished so strong late in the season,” SACA girls’ coach Jackie Cowan said. “I think the expectation is that she is going to carry that into her freshman year.”
Along with North Florida, Eastern Kentucky and Montevallo, Brown was also considering Western Carolina but she couldn’t resist joining her sibling.
“A major factor was my sister,” Brown said. “She has the experience that I need.”
This past season, Brown was the third leading scorer at 12 points a game, while also averaging more than seven rebounds, nearly four assists and three steals.
“They need a guard who can rebound—offensively and defensively,” Brown said. “I feel like that is my strong point.”
“Norfolk State is looking for a lot of pieces and I think she will be able to contribute as one of the pieces as they’re rebuilding their program,” Cowan said.
Twins Kendall and Kelsey James, who are also members of the team, signed scholarships however not to play basketball but softball at Alcorn State.
“My focus is to go hard and work hard with a winning attitude,” Kendall James said.
SACA does not have a softball program but Kendall and Kelsey James played for Milford Elite. They wanted to continue playing together and having family in that part of Louisiana weighed heavily in their decision.
Boys’ basketball player Tai Dozier was the lone Warrior signing a scholarship. The 6-foot scorer and 3-point specialist will attend the Naval Academy this fall.
“They provided the most opportunity to play from the jump,” said Dozier, who averaged 18 points a game as a senior.
“He deserves it,” SACA boys’ coach Gary Cage said. “He’s been faithful in everything that he needed to do and taken care of business.”